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Author Raby, Megan, author

Title American tropics : the Caribbean roots of biodiversity science / Megan Raby
Published Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, [2017]
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Series Flows, migrations, and exchanges
Flows, migrations, and exchanges.
Contents Acknowledgments -- Abbreviations in the Text -- Introduction: From Tropicality to Biodiversity -- Chapter One: An American Tropical Laboratory -- Chapter Two: Making Biology Tropical -- Chapter Three: Jungle Island -- Chapter Four: The Question of Diversity -- Chapter Five: A Global Resource -- Epilogue: Postcolonial Ecology -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
Summary "By examining U.S. biological fieldwork from the era of the Spanish-American War and the construction of the Panama Canal through the anticolonial movements of the 1960s and 1970s, Raby demonstrates how research in tropical biology developed in tandem with the southward expansion of U.S. empire and argues that both the key scientific concepts and the values embedded in the modern biodiversity discourse were developed in significant part through U.S. biologists' encounters with the Caribbean. In doing so, Raby brings to the forefront a ... neglected history of twentieth-century U.S. science and empire. While historians of science and environment have shown interest in the application of U.S. ecological and environmental ideas in the tropical world, this study demonstrates how that knowledge also flowed in the other direction"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Biodiversity -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Biology -- Fieldwork -- Political aspects -- Caribbean Area.
Biology -- Fieldwork -- Caribbean Area -- History -- 20th century.
Biology -- Fieldwork -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
United States -- Foreign relations -- 1897-1901.
United States -- Foreign relations -- 20th century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1469635615 (electronic bk.)
9781469635613 (electronic bk.)